Size: 160 mm x 72 mm
Colour: brown in yellow
Date first issued: 01.01.1999
The 5000 Lekė note, issued in 1996, was printed by "De La Rue". The note was reprinted by "Oberthure" banknote printing company in 2001 with improved security features and put in circulation (i.e. became legal tender) on 1 September 2004.
Obverse: Portrait of Gjergj Kastriot Skanderbeg, (1405-1468), a national hero - the most outstanding representative of the Albanian history, who led the Albanians against the Ottoman invaders. Other elements include the double-headed eagle, and Skanderbeg's shield and sword.
Reverse: View of Kruja Castle, Skanderbeg's helmet and equestrian statue in Tirana.
On 15 May 2009, the Bank of Albania put in circulation the 5000 Lekė note of legal tender, issue of 2007. It retains the same design and dimension as the 5000 Lekė note, issue of 2001. Security related and damage-resistant elements are improved or added to this banknote. Signatures of the Governor and Director of Issue Department as well as the year are updated.
Older 5000 Lekė notes shall continue to be legal tender and shall continue to be in circulation along with the new note, issued in 2007.
New 5000 Lekė note security features (in Albanian)